Monday, January 5, 2015

Hoop Hoop Hooray!!

Welcome to the first Monday in January!  
The first Monday of every month brings us to a NEW
What is a Crafty Secrets Linky Party?
Well, it is where all the fabulous Crafty Secret Design Team Members
get together on the Crafty Secrets blog, each showcasing a project,
and by visiting each blog you can see a tutorial for the project shown!!
But wait, that's not all, it also is time for the Crafty Secrets linky party challenge!!
Everyone that enters receives an image (available right now to use)
AND one winner will receive the entire Bedtime Kids Jumbo digital stamp set!!!

This month for our January Linky Party
we are having a "Pajama Party/Winter theme!

For my tutorial I made adorable little "hooped" wall hangings.
I am "somewhat" going to show/help you to "hoop" paper!

First you will want to find yourself a few small hoops, these can be purchased
at any discount/craft/fabric store at a very small price!  I actually picked mine
up at garage sales last summer (I am always looking for things to alter)!
I used two different sized small hoops for mine.

Print and color the images you want to hoop, just make sure you have enough
"space" left to be able to fit in your hoop.  

It is a bit tricky to hoop paper, but with patience, it can be done!
I find a nice double sided paper works best, but for my project I used a lighter
weight white card stock.

 You will want to loosen your hoop up as much as you can, placing the "inside hoop piece
under your paper, lay the "outer" hoop piece over the top and start to lightly press down.
Once you have somewhat of an impression on your paper, take it back out and trim
around it a bit to get rid of some of the excess paper, this makes it much easier to
work in the hoop.

Place back in the hoop and slightly start to press it in until the outer hoop fits over the entire piece.
You might have a crease in it to get it to fit, just try and have the crease at the top
of the piece where it is tightened together, that way it can be covered up with a bow.

I added scor-tape around the outer edges of mine, and then a ruffled ribbon.  
Of course if preferred, you could always "paint" your hoop in any color you want
BEFORE hooping.  I went the easy way and just added ribbon trim!

There you go, now finish it up with any "do-dads" you want...I think this would make a cute 
decoration for a young girls room.  I have a couple of these "hoops" decorating my own
art room and just love them!!

"Now, go visit the rest of the design team blogs below and be sure to leave them some love. Then, link up your own Crafty Secrets project on the BLOG and you could win the entire Bedtime Kids Stamp Set! We’ve loaded a free image from the set into this month’s Linky Party post as our way of thanking you for playing along. You can download the image and use it in your Linky Party project, or use one of the FREE PRINTABLES found on the blog page. The rules are simple: Just create a NEW project featuring Crafty Secrets, and link it up on the Crafty Secrets blog before midnight Pacific Time on Sunday, January 18th. "

Joining us this month as a Guest Designer is the fabulous

and our  regular amazing Design Team 

Diane Hover (that's me)
Sheila Rumney

Entering the following challenges:
Hiding In My Craft Room .... Pinks
Love To Create .... Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart .... Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz .... Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can .... Anything But A Card
 Glitter n Sparkle .... Anything Goes


Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

I just love these! I had actually thought of doing something with an embroidery hoop, but then I found the clip board while cleaning out the Closet of Shame...and there you go! This is so sweet, precious and beautifully composed. Great tutorial, too! I love the ribbons you chose to work with, too, Diane. Just delightful! Thanks for all the love and artistry you pour into everything you create!

Darlene said...

OMG these are ADORABLE and AMAZING! I would have NEVER thought you could 'hoop' paper ... thanks for the wonderful tips and directions! Awesome project and tutorial! WOW! This just blows my mind ... gotta give it a try (as soon as I get hoops that is)! Thanks!

Lisa said...

Oh wow, Diane, these are stunning!! What gorgeous projects!! And creative!! I love the idea so much...gotta put hoops on my craft store list!! The stamps you used are beautiful!! And the glittery stars are the perfect touch!! The ribbons, too!! I just love everything about them!! They are fabulous my friend!! Have a great day :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Jenny Alia said...

Wonderful project Diane! Very clever idea. They make such a nice gift. I love the ribbon around the edge and those sparkly stars.

Mulberry Mindy said...

Way to think outside the box, Diane! Beautiful hoops with lots of pretty ribbons. Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth said...

Thankyou thankyou thankyou Diane! You will see why in Feb. Linky Party!!! That was a fabulous tutorial and your project is just as fabulous. I love these dainty and feminine hoops. I could see all three hoops hanging in descending order on a pink ribbon with a beautiful big bow at the top in my grand nieces room. I am always inspired by your projects.

Vicki Chrisman said...

Oh my... these are just so CUTE!!!!

Ros Crawford said...

Absolutely stunning!!! How beautiful these will look in a little girls room ... I adore what you did and the stars look amazing popping up like that! You really have started 2015 with wonderful projects my friend

Sheila Rumney said...

Love these sweet embroidery hoops. Super Sweet!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, how sweet! You give me all kinds of ideas (for retirement) with your excellent tutorial. I even have some of that ribbon and an embroidery hoop or two. What a darling image and a touchingly sweet little verse.

Shantaie said...

I will be scanning the next garage sales I hit for a few hoops! how adorable, I appreciate your tips for making this work! Can't wait to try it!

Sue's Paper Crafts said...

The hoops are beautiful, wonderful images and accents. Great way to finish them off with the ruffled ribbon. Thank you for joining us this week at HIMCR.


Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Co. said...

Diane your paper hoops turned out so pretty and what a perfect idea for a Little girls room! I really love how you colored the images.
Hugs from Sandy (from internet cafe in Mexico)

Barbara Bruder said...

Dianne what a great project. Very sweet, perfect for a childs room. Thanks for joining us at the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month. We look forward to seeing more of your beautiful work. Hugs, Barbara { Craft-Dee BowZ}

Intruderlady said...

This is a fun idea. Beautiful creations for a little girls room.
Thanks for joining our Challenge at Love to Create. Good luck!


Lynda said...

Oh wow what a great idea! might have a go at this myself. Love the sweet images and the pretty stars too.Thankyou for joining us at Crafting When We Can Lynda x DT

Vic said...

Wow! such a beautiful project! soo clever...those glittery stars look like they are magically hanging there.Thanks for sharing with us over a Glitter n Sparkle - Vic, DT x

KT Fit Kitty said...

These are so adorable and cute! Great idea to use the hoops! Love the ribbon and sparkly stars! Beautiful! So glad you linked up with us at Glitter n Sparkle for our Anything Goes challenge. Best of luck in our prize draw!

KT Fit Kitty
Glitter n Sparkle DT

Lena said...

These are gorgeous and would make a beautiful decoration for a girl's room. I didn't know you could hoop paper, I thought it would tear. Beautifully decorated too! I love them!
Thanks for joining in the fun at Hiding in My Craft Room.
Lena – DT
Lena’s Creations

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness,so love this.

What a great idea,going to have to make some of these,cant believe you can put paper through the hoops.

Now following you.

Thanks for joining us at Glitter n Sparkle.

Tracey DTxx

Sandy said...

A wonderful use of the versatile embroidery hoop. Love the sweet image and those fab bows too.
Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting From The Heart and we hope to see you again.

Vickie Y said...

Wow! I love your hoop project! Thank you for sharing with us at CWWC Challenge.